If you are like most people with their fair share of daily stress, when helpful relaxation techniques come about you pay attention. Of course there’s meditation and exercise to help ease away the stressors of the day, but what if you want more active relaxation techniques that don’t entail you running yourself silly on a treadmill? Liz Koch, an expert on the psoas muscle, believes she has the solution.
In this latest post from Marguerite Ogle, the constructive rest position is explained. According to Ogle via her interview with Koch, the constructive rest position not only helps to relieve stress, but it also changes how our central nervous system communicates.
It’s a being (not doing) position. Before you exercise or at the end of the day, constructive rest changes the whole expression of the central nervous system, of which the psoas is expressive. It is a messenger of the central nervous system – a bridge between upper and lower body, between the enteric brain and the gut brain, and expresses the messaging between sympathetic and parasympathetic. There’s a lot going on in constructive rest, but you’re not doing it. You just allow it to happen.
Read more from Ogle and Koch on how to practice constructive rest here.